Kensington, MD – The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation presents Little Polar Bear – Where are You Going Lars? by Hans de Beer, as the tenth free Noyes StoryWalk®. Families are invited to read the book in French and English on panels posted in the windows of shops and restaurants on Howard Avenue and Armory Avenue in Kensington, MD. The Little Polar Bear Noyes StoryWalk® will run from January 15 to February 6, 2022.
Little Polar Bear – Where are You Going Lars? tells the story of a young polar bear whose father takes him out for his first hunting excursion. That night he is so tired from all his lessons that he falls fast asleep. He sleeps so soundly that he doesn’t hear the ice crack, doesn’t feel himself slowly drift away from his father and the North Pole, and doesn’t realize that his adventures have just begun. This is the first book in a classic series, and the story is presented in both English and French.
The StoryWalk® begins at the Town of Kensington Kiosk at M&T Bank at 3706 Howard Ave., Kensington, and winds along Kensington’s historic shopping district before finishing at Frankly … Pizza! at 10417 Armory Ave., Kensington. The Kensington business community, led by Jennifer Fulton at Bonjour Books, DC on Howard Ave., is partnering with the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation for this StoryWalk®.
Families can also find crafts related to Little Polar Bear on the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation website at noyeslibraryfoundation.org/events.
Families are encouraged to share a selfie while at the StoryWalk® or a photo of a completed craft on the Noyes Children’s Library Facebook page (facebook.com/MakeMoreNoyes); post to Facebook and tag the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, or post to Instagram and tag @makemorenoyes.
The Noyes Library for Young Children (10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington, MD), which reopened on July 6, 2021, was closed for more than a year due to the pandemic. During that time, the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation provided literacy outreach to the Greater D.C. community through free weekly storytimes on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live (facebook.com/MakeMoreNoyes)—and is continuing to engage children through events, including StoryWalk® experiences. Since January 2021, Noyes StoryWalks® have featured The Mitten by Jan Brett; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris; Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz; Cecily Cicada by Kita Helmetag Murdock and Patsy Helmetag; 10 Hidden Heroes by Mark Shriver;¡Olinguito! by Lulu Delacre;The Little Engine That Could (90th Anniversary edition) by Watty Piper; and A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton.
More information on Noyes Foundation events can be found at noyeslibraryfoundation.org/events.
StoryWalk® is a registered trademark of Anne Ferguson.
The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation works to raise funds, enhance early literacy programs, and inspire community engagement so that all children can discover the wonder of books through Noyes Children’s Library. The Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit founded in 1991 support the early literacy mission of the historic Noyes Children’s Library, a specialized branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries in Kensington, Maryland. The all-volunteer Foundation has grown to support the library’s mission in many ways, and now, in cooperation with Montgomery County, the Foundation is leading the Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign to make Noyes universally accessible, while expanding its space and early literacy mission. For more information on the Make MORE Noyes fundraising campaign, go to noyeslibraryfoundation.org.
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